June - August
Summertime sees high average temperatures in the 70s (or higher depending on where you are), which makes strolling through villages and neighborhoods enjoyable, as well as dining at the outside cafés. Many visitors either head to the sea or to the swimming pool, but keep in mind you`ll be wrestling with large crowds of tourist for your place in the sun. June is definitely the best month to visit, as schools are yet to break for summer and temperatures are just right for exploring the cities. Because this is the highest tourist season, you will see room rates and flight prices at their highest. During the summer months, however, there is much more to do than other times of the year. July is also the month when the lavender fields peak in Provence.
In August, many businesses throughout the country close as this is when many of the French take trips of their own and the schools take their long summer break. Temperatures are at their warmest, so you can spend your days soaking up the sun and dining alfresco.
Events and Festivals
- Worldwide Music Day - Free live music festival held in all the large cities (June)
- Tour de France (July)
- Bastille Day - French National Holiday (July)